BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS
REVERBERATIONS FROM FUKUSHIMA:
50 JAPANESE POETS SPEAK OUT — SECOND EDITION
(PARKDALE PRESS, 2021)
The second edition of this prize-winning anthology takes stock of the current situation in Fukushima ten years after the disaster in contributions by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott, Fairewinds Energy Education founder Maggie Gundersen, and professor emerita Dr. Norma Field. Poems by 50 Japanese poets illustrate the disaster from a personal perspective. Truly an eye-opening read.
“Poetry speaks the language of the heart, and this is the language of peace and justice. One cannot read these poems without feeling the very real threat posed by the so-called “peaceful” uses of nuclear power.”
~ David Krieger, President Emeritus, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
A HYBRID MEMOIR BY LEAH STENSON
(CIRQUE PRESS, 2020)
This hybrid montage of poetry, prose and images takes us on a journey from personal tragedy to self-awareness and healing, offering insight into the resilience of the human spirit.
“…a moving and courageous book….”
~ Lex Runciman
“…elegant prose and heartfelt poetry… fresh and vital to the last page.”
~ John Sibley Williams
Available at Amazon
EVERYWHERE I FIND MYSELF
(TURNNG POINT BOOKS 2017)
This full-length collection of narrative poetry draws from a deep well of autobiographical and cross-cultural experience—a wide-ranging geographic and emotional journey of the heart.
“Eternity can be heard in the stir of the breeze, in the vineyards, the whisper of prayer,” the poet writes in Everywhere I Find Myself. The poems explore love, memory and deep loss with equal verve. With an artist’s sharp eye for detail and a philosophical world view Leah Stenson is a savvy traveler. Her wry wit, compassionate heart and spirit infuse this vivid, engaging collection.”
~ Marilyn Stablein, author of Climate of Extremes, Splitting Hard Ground, and Sleeping in Caves
Available at Turning Point Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
THE TURQUOISE BEE
AND OTHER LOVE POEMS
(FINISHING LINE PRESS, 2014)
This chapbook celebrates love—physical and metaphysical—from various angles. At times sexy, witty, melancholic and romantic, readers will find a poem to satisfy every mood.
“It’s refreshing to see a woman writing so freely and openly about love and about the physical body during romances. The Turquoise Bee is full of flowers and night-dancing, of time and loss and being enriched by experience. I cherish these poems. Stenson’s eye and concern of the intimate other is to be admired.”
~ Carl Adamshick, 2010 Winner of the Walt Whitman Award and 2012 Winner of the Oregon Book Award
Available at Finishing Line Press
REVERBERATIONS FROM FUKUSHIMA:
50 JAPANESE POETS SPEAK OUT — FIRST EDITION
(INKWATER PRESS, 2014)
This award-winning bilingual anthology of poems about the first nuclear disaster of the 21st Century presents the voices of 50 Japanese poets, including poems by anti-nuclear activist poets Jotaro Wakamatsu and Hisao Suzuki, as well as commentary and essays by David Krieger of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Francesca Giovannini, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
“Here, finally reaching our shore, the first wave of poems out of Fukushima: disaster in the first-person, no longer paraphrased, managed, or supposed. These are the voices that bring the experience closer than journalism ever could, that ask us to plant ourselves in the path of contamination, fear, betrayal. Our losses become all too real…”
~ Kathleen Flenniken, author of Plume
Available at Inkwater Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
ALIVE AT THE CENTER: CONTEMPORARY POEMS FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
(OOLIGAN PRESS, 2013)
This anthology, compiled by a team of nine regional editors from the poetry communities in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver BC, brings together some of the Pacific Northwest’s best-known poets. Available in a single volume or separate volumes for each city.
“Tart, sharp, unexpected, funny, sidelong, blunt, and gentle, with passages and line of startling power and pleasure. Personally, I would buy this in a trice for the sheer quality.”
~ Brian Doyle, author of Mink River
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
(FINISHING LINE PRESS, 2011)
The seemingly straightforward poems in this debut chapbook reveal deep truths about the nature of relationships and our connection to people and places.
“The poems in Heavenly Body revolve around a worldly woman who burns very brightly. Undercutting the predictable sighs of travel – a Mexican market, Southampton Beach, a sunset cruise snd cherry blossoms in Japan – Leah Stenson thrills to the quote “thwack of a meat clever,” worries over a daughter bobbing on a “dark rising swell,” gets lost “in a blur of Blue Hawaiis” and blossoms “against the night wind.” I really trust the life in these poems. I really love the joy.”
~ Henry Hughes, Harvard Review
Available at Finishing Line Press
Leah’s work spans a wide range of genres, including book reviews, magazine articles, poetry and essays. Her poetry has been translated into Japanese and is anthologized in Japanese and English publications.
JOURNALS & MAGAZINES
Ghost Town Poetry
Gorge Literary Journal
Multnomah Art Center Postbox
Northwest Women’s Journal
Oregon Literary Review
Psaltery & Lyre
Red Poppy Review
Red River Review
River Poets Journal
San Diego Review
The Oregonian SW Weekly
Tipton Poetry Journal
Adanna’s Love Poetry Anthology
Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest
Classifieds: An Anthology of Prose Poems
Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets
“Heiwa wo Towa” in Kokoro ni Kizamu: 305 Shijin Shu (Engraving Peace in Our Hearts: An Anthology of 305 Poets)
Home Address: Poems Celebrating Lake Oswego’s Centennial
Motionless from the Iron Bridge: A Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems
No Box Can Hold: A Modern Study of Identity and Self-discovery
/pãn| dé| mïk/ 2020: An Anthology of Pandemic Poems by OPA
Plein Air Anthologies (2013, 2014, 2015) | Columbia Center for the Arts
Raising Our Voices: Anthology of Oregon Poets Against the War
Song of Ourselves
INTERVIEWS & BOOK REVIEWS
“An Interview with Leah Stenson.” Interview by Stephen Krzyzanowski, Sunset Liminal Press.
“On the First Nuclear Disaster of the 21st Century—Poets Sing the Body Nuclear.” Book review and interview by Paul Haeder. Cirque, Vol. 10, No.2, pp.39-46.
Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, review by Ruthy Kanagy, for Oregon Poetry Association.
Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, review by Maggie Gundersen, for Fairewinds Energy Education.